Energy Seminar: Pedro Pizarro: Energy for What's Ahead: Transforming Energy in California

Monday, January 29, 2018

4:30 pm

NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center Map

Sponsored by:
Precourt Institute for Energy


The electric power industry is undergoing a profound transformation toward a low-carbon future to address climate change. The pace of technological change has opened up new and exciting opportunities to do business better and cleaner. Customer choices are changing and expanding. Edison International (EIX) is committed to helping the State of California achieve its climate change goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Last year, EIX’s principal subsidiary, Southern California Edison (SCE), published a white paper calling on the State to move aggressively to support electrification of buildings and vehicles as the least cost path to meet this goal and reduce air emissions. EIX and SCE are working to build the energy company of the future, one that is built upon a modernized grid, supports wide-scale electrification of buildings and vehicles, and allows customers to take control of their energy consumption. In parallel, this transformation has brought challenges, including increased complexity for the grid as well as increased business resiliency risk related to cyber and climate impacts. This is an important time for the electric power industry and for Edison International, a company with history dating back to 1886.

Speaker Biography

Mr. Pizarro has been the President and CEO of EIX since October 2016. Prior to that, he served as President of EIX from June 2016 to September 2016 and President of SCE from October 2014 to May 2016. Mr. Pizarro has held a wide range of executive positions at the EIX companies since joining EIX in 1999. From 2011 through March 2014, he served as President of EME, an indirect subsidiary of EIX that filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Pizarro served as Executive Vice President of SCE from 2008 to 2011, responsible for SCE’s transmission and distribution system, procurement of conventional and renewable power, and gas-fired and hydroelectric power production facilities. He also previously served as Vice President and Senior Vice President of Power Procurement, and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, among other executive roles. Prior to his work at the EIX companies, Mr. Pizarro was a senior engagement manager with McKinsey & Company, providing management consulting services to energy, technology, engineering services, and banking clients. He is a director of the Edison Electric Institute and the Electric Power Research Institute, and is a member of the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory. Mr. Pizarro is a graduate of Harvard University and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Monday, January 29, 2018
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center Map

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